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2010 FMS Summer Institute
July 26 - August 6, 2010

Identity, Inequality, and Public Policy:
Integrating the Humanities and the Social Sciences

Seminar Leaders:

William Darity, Jr.
Public Policy, African and African-American Studies, Economics
Duke University
satya Satya P. Mohanty
Cornell University

Seminar Description:

This seminar, jointly taught by a humanist and a social scientist, will draw on recent developments in cultural theory and the social sciences in order to examine how the findings and methodologies of very different disciplines and traditions of social inquiry can be integrated. The primary focus will be on questions of social identity and inequality. Using literary and cultural texts (e.g., novels) and social–scientific data, the seminar will address questions of social causation and discursive and textual analysis, and tackle the practical and theoretical problems involved in the formulation of public policy. One key concern will be the recent debates about affirmative action and reparation programs, both in the U.S. and abroad. In a climate where “post raciality” has become a major theme, we will also examine whether redress for race–based disparities can be accomplished without the use of racial—and, more broadly, identity–based—classification.

The seminar incorporates 2–3 workshops taught by visiting scholars.

Seminar members will participate in the two-day FMS colloquium on July 30th and 31st.

Doctoral students who have completed at least two years of their Ph.D. work, recent Ph.D.s, and junior faculty in temporary or tenure-track positions who are working on minority issues, are invited to apply to the 2010 FMS Summer Institute. Minority scholars and those who are at HBCUs and other minority-serving institutions are especially encouraged to apply. For the 12-14 scholars selected to participate in the summer institute, subsidy will be available to cover room, board, and (if needed) travel costs.

Application deadline: February 1, 2010; results announced by March 19th, 2010.

The 2010 FMS Summer Institute will be held at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

For more information, browse our website or email Alice Cho, Coordinator, FMS Summer Institute, at


The FMS Summer Institute is funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.





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